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Old 06 April 2015, 05:39   #1
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Bad Rib driver or what??

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A seriously bad rib driver
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Just to explain what's going on here. This is a gate start at a dinghy regatta - a boat steams along a line at a certain speed and the boats starting have to pass behind it. There is no excuse to just crash into a competitor however! The Rib should have stopped / avoided a collision - and then called a general recall and restart. The offending boat/s who failed to pass behind are subsequently penalised or disqualified from that race.
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Having been involved in some of these, they are pretty manic at times.....

Although there is usually a guard boat as well to stop this. The rib is there to protect the dingy, to be fair did as he was told
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Under these conditions, it's the responsibility of the racing craft to stay clear of the gate and start boats is it not - it was when I raced dinghies?

The rib's job is to be the start line & it must follow -the close hauled gate dinghy- hitting it is like hitting a starting mark.

Still at the top level competitors will always push the boundaries & take risk for the optimum start.
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Nope very good rib driver. Very poor start by the boat whose mast he took down. For a world champs that is terrible boat handling!!
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The start boat has to hold course and speed. If he tries to dodge round all the racers who are cutting it fine then the start just shouldn't work.

If this was just a bit of general boating then I'd agree that the rib driver should have avoided the collision, but in this case he seems to have done exactly the right thing.
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That reminds me of the GRR when a boat came the other way straight into the competitors 😳
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Thankfully Yachties are quite soft & hopefully no damage was done to the Rib.


.....sh1t happens.......
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Just to explain what's going on here. This is a gate start at a dinghy regatta - a boat steams along a line at a certain speed and the boats starting have to pass behind it. There is no excuse to just crash into a competitor however! The Rib should have stopped / avoided a collision - and then called a general recall and restart. The offending boat/s who failed to pass behind are subsequently penalised or disqualified from that race.
I've watched it a few times, and think he was pretty close to stopped by the time he made contact. There wasn't obviously anywhere else to go, and I expect there were loads of boats on his stern too. There is probably 3 seconds when the intentions of the dismasted boat become clear.
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I've watched it a few times, and think he was pretty close to stopped by the time he made contact. There wasn't obviously anywhere else to go, and I expect there were loads of boats on his stern too. There is probably 3 seconds when the intentions of the dismasted boat become clear.
IF and it would have been a huge ask... He had seen the accident going to happen before the other boat with the dismasted dinghy he could have swerved both by turning to starboard and ditching the start.

Trouble is you are down to milliseconds and needing to check round you etc and being convinced he's not going to get out the way. And being convinced when there is a general recall and dismasted boy is disqualified that the dismasted boat won't protest etc and say he would have made it across the line if the poncey rib driver didn't panic....

Damned if u do, damned if u don't.

Certainly not the RIBs fault.

Did well to get the general recall signalled so quickly, think I'd still have been swearing at the dinghy crew (oops I mean checking they were OK).
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